Proposed Library Levy Slated for November Ballot

                           

 

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (Aug. 22, 2017) – William Lamb has been a part of the Mountain Home Public Library for over 16 years. First as an outside IT contractor and now as the Library Director; its roof has been leaking for over half of that time.  Appointed as Library Director just a year ago, Lamb is desperate to do something about it, but he needs your help. On Nov. 7, Mountain Home residents will have an opportunity to vote to protect the city’s newest building that includes more than $1M worth of books and technology from the threat of damage by the ever-spreading leaks.

 

In 2005, voters approved a $1.5 million bond to double the size of the existing library. The leaks began in 2010 due to a newer type of roofing material installed during the remodel. Unfortunately, it was a compromised material, with estimates of more than 1 million square feet of this specific membrane failing nationally. The failure of this membrane sparked a flurry of warranty claims and subsequently, dozens of lawsuits when the company voided many of those warranties. After exhausting every means to bring the matter to a favorable conclusion and conducting in-depth consultation with the City Attorney, the City Council ultimately decided it would be fruitless and more financially burdensome to taxpayers to continue to pursue legal action. Instead, the library and the City have since combined resources to help the library limp forward the best they could. To date, the library has spent a total of nearly $10,000 on patch repairs as new leaks spring up, but they are losing ground.

 

“I have seen the dedication that the library board, City and previous director put into finding a solution regarding how to move forward with fixing the roof,” said Lamb. “I did not make the recommendation to place the levy on the ballot lightly.”

 

The proposed override levy is expected to take in $105,000 in each of its two-years in effect.  This number equates to about $1.82 per month for a homeowner who lives in a $200,000 home. If Mountain Home citizens vote yes for the levy, Lamb said he can have the roof repairs complete – and the chronic leak problem solved – in the first year. In the second year, he will eliminate the interior damage caused by the leaky roof – replacing carpets, eliminating potential mold, repairing bubbling patches of paint and potentially replacing HVAC systems. With the original bond paid off in November 2016, he said he feels confident Mountain Home will collectively vote yes on the measure.

 

“The community here has been great; they always support the library,” Lamb told the Mountain Home News during a March interview.  “It’s a huge benefit to have the community that we live in.”

 

During the last annual report, 76,380 people visited the library.  It circulated 52,974 physical items, 4,153 digital items and supported 50,384 computer and Wi-Fi sessions.  It hosted 11,489 patrons during 561 programs throughout the reported year.

 

For more information about the proposed levy visit http://mhlibrary.org/levy/.

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